Tempe hosts open house for Highline Canal Multi-Use Path Project
Tempe is continuing its efforts to expand its off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities network with the upcoming Highline Canal Multi-use Path project. The effort, adding 3.5 miles of improvements and including a 10-foot wide concrete path with lighting, landscaping and public art along the canal, will run north-south along Tempe’s western border.
The city of Tempe is holding an open house to talk with residents, neighbors and businesses about the public art element of the project. The open house will be held Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tempe Union High School District Office, 500 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe. Those interested can also provide input online from Sept. 11 to 24 at www.tempe.gov/highlinecanal. The open house will include meeting project artist John Fleming, and reviewing his public art concepts.
The improved path will connect with the Town of Guadalupe on the north end and Chandler on the south. The project also includes street crossing treatments and bicycle/pedestrian bridges across the canal. Guadalupe recently completed path improvements along the portion of the canal that runs through the town.
The concept design team of Coffman Studio was retained in 2014 to develop the project design concepts and Tempe hired Kimley-Horn to prepare final design, environmental and bid-ready construction documents. The final design documents were submitted to Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in June 2017 to obligate the federal funds secured for the project. Construction is estimated to start late 2017 or early 2018.
The Highline Canal Multi-use Path is identified in Tempe's Comprehensive Transportation Plan, as well as 2030 and 2040 General Plans. The project was awarded a Maricopa Association of Governments pedestrian/bicycle design assistance funding grant in 2013, and $3.3 million in two construction grants from federal Transportation Alternative Program funds was awarded in 2014. The project is in the Tempe Capital Improvements Program approved by the City Council and has a local match from the Transit Fund.
For more information about the Highline Canal Multi-Use Path project, please visit www.tempe.gov/highlinecanal.